Dear Parents, Carers and the community of Winlaton,

Welcome to Winlaton West Lane Community Primary School where we believe we have something very special and all staff, children, parents and Governors strive to REACH FOR THE STARS! I am very proud to be the Headteacher of a school with such awe-inspiring children, dedicated staff and supportive parents and carers.

Staff and Governors helped to create our vision statement for our wonderful school which is based on a happy, inclusive school which exudes an ethos of opportunity for all: children, staff, Governors, Parents and the wider community of Winlaton. It is an ethos that enables our children to take responsibility and become a brilliant workforce of the future.

Winlaton West Lane Community Primary endeavours to be a forward-thinking school with high expectations of teaching and learning, behaviour and team work. We aspire to be outstanding in all areas of school life.

At Winlaton West Lane, you will find a welcoming and vibrant environment, with all involved taking responsibility for themselves and other people. We work hard to achieve our best in everything we do and always REACH FOR THE STARS!

Caroline Tetley (Head Teacher)

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

– Stephen Hawking

Year 1 ‘transition’ to Year 2!

Year 1 (soon to be Year 2) had great fun ‘transitioning’ to their new class this week! We read the book ‘Michael’ – a lovely story about a boy who makes his own rocket! We then made our own rockets using plastic bottles and had great fun testing them out – to see whose rocket design was the fastest!

Year 4 reason and record data ‘smartly!’

During our transition time this week in maths, Year 4 (soon to be Year 5) were asked by Mr Smart (owner of ‘Smarties’ company) to gather information and record data about the rarest of the Smarties colour.

Year 4 ‘transition’ to an ALIEN Year 5!

As we began moving to Year Five, Year 4 discovered that something else had moved to! After investigating and compiling the evidence, we discovered that an alien (named Beegu) had crash-landed on our field – leaving vital clues to help us uncover the truth!

Reception ‘transition’ to Year 1!

Reception have been transitioning into year 1 this week, – meeting their new teacher and having a fun time!

Magical Tales and battles at Alnwick Castle!

On Thursday, as part of our topic work, Year 1 went to Alnwick Castle. It was amazing! From Knights and Castles, to Magical Tales – check out our class photo slideshows to see how much fun we all had…and watch out for our spell making video’s coming soon here too!

Year 3 visit the ISKON Hindu Temple!

Year 2 enjoyed a fabulous trip to the ISKON Hindu Temple, Newcastle today! Please take a look at some of our class photographs below, to see what an amazing time we all had! Also, look out for some of our literacy recounts (which we will be writing over the next few days) appearing on the website very soon – to discover what we liked best about this experience!

Year 1 are ‘gearing up’ for sports day!

This week in year 1, we have been ‘gearing up’ for sports day by practising our throwing skills. We used the vortex howlers and measured our distances using cones…

Reception visit some slimy sea life at the aquarium!

Reception have had a lot of fun on our School visit to the Aquarium! We began by having a play on the beach and then we took a walk to the aquarium. We explored the aquarium which was great! After that, we had our dinner watching the Sea Lions who were amazing. We then went into a room where we looked at Rock Pools and the animals that we might find in there. The Starfish was so slimy to touch!

ATTENDANCE – LAST WEEK

  • Attendance Champions: Reception Hazel 100%
  • Whole School Attendance 96.6%

SCHOOL NEWS

Nursery fly high!

This week in Nursery, we have been learning all about ‘Transport’. The children were really interested in making paper aeroplanes and loved decorating their own aeroplane – flying these outside to see whose could go the furthest!

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Reception go down to the woods!

We have been very busy this week in Reception! We went on our first trip to Chopwell Woods (which was brilliant!), we learnt some new sounds in our phonics and we have been developing our number work in maths!

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Year 1 Holly explore measuring…

This week in Year 1, we have had fun measuring – using tape measures and rulers to measure the height of objects and people! We then used our maths skills to record the different heights in centimetres (cm).

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West Lane learn to respect…

This week, as part of our whole school learning about the United Nations Convention of The Rights of The Child, Mrs Tetley led us in a  ‘Rights Respecting’ assembly focussing upon articles 28 and 31 from The Convention:

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